Here we are one week away from the draft – and today is the first day of May.
This new date for the NFL Draft is pure torture, an unbearable prolonging of the only exciting part of the offseason from the end of the Super Bowl until the beginning of training camp. The draft should have been over three days ago and we should all be discussing who had the best draft, which vets will be pushed the most in camp, who reached the furthest, etc.
Despite the wait, if you enjoy all the rumors, mock drafts and reports then it is perfect for you. Every incoming player is analyzed, praised, criticized, and praised again for almost two more weeks. Rosters are still completely unknown and some teams are still signing players to provide depth.
And guess who has a new home?
Vince Young and the Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Now what that means exactly is not very clear. The move gives Cleveland four quarterbacks on their roster – including Alex “Trick Shot” Tanney out of Monmouth, or an episode of Game of Thrones. Whichever you prefer.
The move raises the possibility that maybe the Browns may not be as interested in a quarterback as everyone thinks. Browns GM Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have both expressed their high comfort level with Brian Hoyer.
However, a new general manager and a new head coach usually means a new quarterback and if Johnny Manziel is available anything can happen.
And through all of this, Young still has a chance to compete in the NFL once again.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Young looked great the other day in practice, but also looked rusty. His last start was for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Hopefully he makes it on the roster but the move itself does not hold much weight.
Even if the Browns do not select a quarterback in the draft there is no way they will carry four quarterbacks on their roster. Alex Tanney has a head start on Young and Brian Hoyer is the incumbent starter – for now.
But this draft has so many good players that aren’t quarterbacks it would not be a surprise if they went after a Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack (who would fit like a freaking glove under Pettine and Jim O’Neil). It’s also the Browns who are completely unpredictable when it comes to the draft.
It would not surprise me if they drafted an offensive lineman, honestly.
It’s also hard to see Young, who is now 30 years old, becoming a true pocket passer quick enough to earn a roster spot. His lengths were his strength when he was younger and it’s hard to imagine they can last a full season with the same production as in the past.
Once again the odds are stacked against Young. He knows this and has been humbled by his inability to stay on an NFL roster for over two seasons. Time is his friend as well as his enemy so he must invest it wisely and quickly.
The clock is ticking, buddy. Best of luck.